Tea was introduced to the Emerald Isle in the nineteenth century and an Indian import that was too expensive for regular Irish laborers in the earlier part of the century. Tea was reserved for guest of honor only. As Ireland's economy improved in the later part of the 1800's, the countries affinity for the hot brew grew and grew. By the twentieth century every Irish mother was an expert tea maker.
In Ireland a "cuppa" always refers to tea, having a "cuppa and a chat" is a favorite pastime in Ireland. No respectable household would be without tea and every Irish pub is legally required to provide tea as well. Irish tea culture is an important custom that's enjoyed more than alcohol and at all hours of the day because it keeps tempers pleasant in a country that's cold and rainy for most of the year. In fact, the Irish are the heaviest tea drinkers in the world, they average four to six cups of tea per day and as a guest in any Irish household, you can be sure to be offered a "cuppa" as an icebreaker.
Irish tea is an Irish custom and it is a symbol of hospitality, camaraderie and friendship, the Irish word for tea is "tae" and it is pronounced "tay".
Enjoy your "cuppa".
"May your troubles be less and your blessings be more, and nothing but happiness come through your door.